Two new Latin eateries are spicing up Peninsula and South Bay dining options. Habana Yacht Club, opened in November, has a tropical, leafy look though it's next to the San Carlos airport (and there's no yacht club in sight). The menu features bold, satisfying flavors ― rosemary duck empanadas, mango mustard-glazed salmon. The same month the yacht club launched, Cascal (pictured) opened its doors in Mountain View with a grand dining room and bar. Small-plate and entrée options range from stuffed roasted quail to smoked trout taquitos.
The eateries hope to draw fans of Latin fare hooked, in part, by San Jose's 10-year-old Habana Cuba Restaurant, a homey, popular place that has fed mojitos and garlic chicken to many delighted diners. To mole and mojitos in the South Bay, we say, Olé!
Habana Yacht Club ($$$; 525 Skyway Rd., San Carlos; 650/654-2822); Cascal ($$; 400 Castro St., Mountain View; 650/940-9500); Habana Cuba Restaurant ($$; 238 Race St., San Jose; 408/998-2822).